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Slot Interrupt Prio-Technics


This Technical Note describes the way interrupt priorities are scheduled, which corrects the description of slot interrupt queue priorities in the Device Manager chapter of Inside Macintosh, Volume V-426.

[Oct 01 1989]


According to Inside Macintosh, Volume V-426, The Device Manager, the SQPrio field of a slot interrupt queue element is an unsigned byte that determines the order in which slots are polled and interrupt service routines are called. This is incorrect on all Macintosh models prior to the IIci that are running a system version earlier than System Software 7.0.

In reality, slot interrupts of lower priority values have always been called first. However, all new Macintosh computers, starting with the Macintosh IIci, as well as all machines running System Software 7.0 or later, will have an _SIntInstall routine that has been changed to reflect the description in Inside Macintosh.

In addition, the SQPrio field is, and has always been, two bytes long, but the high byte is reserved and must be set to zero.

Apple still reserves priority values 200-255 as documented in Inside Macintosh.

Note that in any case of slot interrupts with equal priority, the most recently installed interrupt is run first, regardless of system version.

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